Coronavirus



Taxing times: Extended stays in Ireland due to pandemic disruption will not break residency rules

People who are not normally resident in Ireland will not suffer negative tax repercussions if they are unable to leave due to the coronavirus pandemic, Revenue has said.

Published 6 April 2020

Judge calls for spitting on police to be prosecuted as ABH/GBH

Spitting on a police officer during the coronavirus pandemic should be prosecuted as actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm, a judge has said.

Published 3 April 2020

Joanne Ryan: Remote swearing of affidavits – changes ahead?

Joanne Ryan, associate at William Fry, looks at whether remote swearing is permitted in Ireland in light of the coronavirus pandemic and what can be done to address the issue of swearing affidavits while adhering to social distancing. 

Published 3 April 2020

Law Society sounds alarm over shutdown of Companies Registration Office

Lawyers have raised concerns that coronavirus-related disruption at the Companies Registration Office (CRO) could land company directors in hot water.

Published 2 April 2020

Lawyers join call for Government to protect asylum seekers from coronavirus

Lawyers and legal academics have joined hundreds of immigration and health experts in calling on the Government to take further action to protect asylum seekers during the pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Ireland raises rule of law concerns among coronavirus responses

A joint statement issued by Ireland and 13 other European countries has raised concern about "the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights" in responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Remote courts to be piloted this month in response to pandemic

Remote court hearings will be piloted in Ireland for the first time later this month in order to maintain the operation of the justice system during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 1 April 2020

Legal Aid Board launches legal and mediation information helpline

The Legal Aid Board has established a nationwide legal and mediation information helpline in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 1 April 2020

William Fry: Compulsory licences on the horizon for drugs and equipment?

William Fry partner Laura Scott, senior associate Colette Brady and trainee solicitor Sophie Delaney consider whether growing concerns about the availability of certain drugs and equipment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic will we see governments start to issue compulsory licences.

Published 1 April 2020

Gardaí to crack down on domestic abuse during pandemic

An Garda Síochána has announced a crackdown on domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 1 April 2020

Ethan Shattock: COVID-19 highlights why disinformation online is a rights-based issue

Researcher Ethan Shattock argues that disinformation is a human rights issue and a human rights approach is needed in potential regulatory responses.

Published 1 April 2020

New arrangements set out for criminal, family law and civil law business

The latest guidance from the Courts Service of Ireland in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, issued on Sunday night, is reproduced in full below.

Published 30 March 2020

Law Society calls for change to statute of limitations law

The Law Society of Ireland has called for legislation to ensure that the possible closure of court offices does not affect proceedings being issued urgently to comply with the statute of limitations.

Published 30 March 2020

Patrick Dunne: Soldiers on the streets does not mean we're heading towards martial law

Patrick Dunne urges reason in discussions about the lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Published 30 March 2020

ICO advises UK government it can use phone data to track coronavirus

The UK government has been advised by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that it can use anonymised mobile phone data in order to track people who have COVID-19.

Published 30 March 2020